Looking for something to cry at today? You’re in luck! The Obamas just unveiled their official portraits.
On Monday the former POTUS and FLOTUS pulled the curtains off of stunning new portraits of themselves that will hang in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
It should go without saying, but our hearts were 100 percent not ready.
First up was Michelle, who worked with Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. Sherald painted Michelle seated in a dress designed by Michelle Smith’s label Milly.
“I’m thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institute,” the former first lady said, admiring her portrait.
Next was Barack, who worked with artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley created an epic seven-foot portrait of Obama sitting on a chair in front of a background of flowers and greenery.
“How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” Barack said while admiring the painting.
The garden includes chrysanthemums, the official flower of Obama’s Chicago home, jasmine, a reference to his childhood home of Hawaii, and African blue lilies to celebrate his late father, who was Kenyan.
Barack went on to thank Wiley and Sherald for their remarkable work, adorably giving Sherald a special shoutout for capturing his wife’s brilliance.
“Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace, and beauty, and intelligence, and charm, and hotness of the woman that I love,” Obama said with a chuckle.
He then gave a special shout out to “his man” Joe Biden, of course, and was sure to thank his mother-in-law for passing down the “hotness genes” to his wife.